Shelton, Connecticut, Dentist Installed as AGD President Chicago (Aug. 30, 2016) —The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Maria A. Smith, DMD, MAGD, of Shelton, Connecticut, was installed as the association’s president during AGD 2016, the academy’s annual meeting, which took place July 14–17 in Boston. Dr. Smith, a passionate advocate of organized dentistry, previously served as AGD president-elect, vice president, and treasurer.
“With all the changes occurring in dentistry, as well as in the larger health care arena, we must remain strong and active to help shape its future,” Smith said. “AGD is a significant player in the world of dentistry, both in education, advocacy, and beyond. As an organization, we need to continue to listen, learn, adapt, and change, as well as build upon the excellent relationships, collaborations and mutual trust we have established. I am honored to be a part of the AGD, to help build a motivational culture that supports our membership and improves performance and productivity, which lead to continuing financial stability, health and growth of our organization.”
Smith joined AGD as a student at the University of Pennsylvania. She served as a board member for Connecticut AGD, as well as its president, and represented her constituent as a delegate to the AGD House of Delegates. Her involvement at the national level includes service on the AGD Membership and Constituent and Component Development councils. She also was a regional director, serving as both vice chair and chair of the regional directors, and a trustee for Region 1, serving on the Budget and Finance Committee and as its chair.
Smith has been involved with her local dental society, where she has held all offices, as well as the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA), where she has served on the Membership Council as chair; New Dentist Committee; Task Force on Professionalism; Council on Dental Trade and Laboratory Relations; Budget Committee; and Audit Committee as chair. She also has been a member of the CSDA Board of Governors, as well as a delegate to its House of Delegates and caucus coordinator.
Nationally, she has represented the CSDA as both an alternate delegate and delegate to the American Dental Association (ADA) House of Delegates. She served on ADA Council on Membership, serving first as its vice chair and then as its chair.
Smith is a former dental consultant for Hewitt Memorial Hospital and Shelton Lakes Residence and Health Care Center, both in Shelton, Connecticut, as well as a staff member at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut. She also is a visiting clinical instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, and she participated in the school’s joint student mentor program with the Pierre Fauchard Academy, specifically for first- and second-year dental students. Her other interests include visiting local career days and health fairs, and speaking at symposiums, including the Connecticut Trails Council of Girl Scouts symposium “Women: Past, Present, and Future” and the Dr. Emeline Roberts Jones symposium “A Celebration of Women in Dentistry.”
Smith received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) School of Dental Medicine. At Penn, she was a preclinical instructor for first-year students in general restorative dentistry and for third-year students in dental auxiliary utilization. She joined her father, Charles E. Smith, DDS, FAGD, in private practice after graduation.
About the Academy of General Dentistry
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of over 40,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively serves the needs and represents the interests of general dentists. For more information about the AGD, visit www.agd.org.